What a fun day with a family from Atlanta, GA. Rob called me yesterday and I just happened to have today open for a morning half day. The wind was down quite a bit from yesterday and almost everyone got through the morning with no problem including his young daughter . She caught at least 3/4's of the yellowtail and now has the new nickname of "Yellowtail Master" or "YT" for short. Great family and we look forward to fishing with them again in the future.
They said it was coming so the 25 knots of wind we encountered this morning as we were getting to the bait patch was not a surprise. After catching our bait we started out sailfishing and a half hour or so later had one come up and chase the bait but never ate. We caught some kings, changed locations a few times still looking for that sail but finally decided to set down and catch some yellowtail for dinner. Enjoyed have Rick, Debra and Amore out with us today and we will see you again soon.
Started the day catching kingfish and while we at it a sailfish ate the rigger bait. Caught him, caught a couple more kings, a mutton snapper and since it was such a gorgeous day decided to try the vermillon snapper again as we did yesterday. Not a real good bite of verms but I did find a spot where the porgies were biting. Spent a little more time out there and toward the end of the day we came back to the reef and put out 2 of our remaining 4 ballyhoo. Half hour later another sail showed up and we caught him after a short battle. Needless to say our crew was ecstatic and talking up their next trip on the KK.
Doesn't get much rougher then today with the wind over 20 knots but the tails were biting. Did quite a bit of sailfishing today also but only a few were caught in town and we were not one of the fortunate few.
Short day with dad and his 3 boys and we got into the yellows pretty good. I tried to talk them into spending some time sailfishing but they were having too good a time catching tails so we just kept going.
Today was a first with triplets on board. The 3 ladies did great, although their mom kim wasn't feeling all that well until we moved into the shallow water where it was quite a bit calmer. We definitely had the opportunities while in the rough water catching only 1 out of 4 sails and a few kings. The patch yellowtail bit along with some gray snapper and some short muttons. A lot of action for a 3/4 day and I'm sure Jim and Andrew will be back but I think mom will stay on the dock.
Our star yellowtail snapper catcher, Amore caught this big tails today at the tarpon hole. Didn't see a sail today and spent most of the morning with the kites out trying but the tails bit ok as did the kingfish. Rick, Debra and Amore will be back next week to catch that sail.
Lots of sharks yesterday but we were able to get enough fish past them to make our day. Kings were biting well but we had to leave one yellowtail spot and try another because of the sharks. Caught a mutton and some undersize cobia. At least the wind was down today!
Seems like a long time since we fished but it's only been a couple weeks since our last charter and it was nice to get out there again. After a beautiful low wind week the wind came back up again to welcome us with gust over 20 today but that didn't deter Dan, Mike or Mike Jr. We caught and missed a few kings and had a sail go through the leader to start, then went deep, catching a few vermillons and some true red snapper and a couple snowy grouper that we had to release. Returning to the reef I found that the current had picked up to the west which made conditions for yellowtail just about perfect. It didn't take long for us to catch our limit of yellows and spent the last hour sailfishing, hoping to recover from our fumble on the 1st one. A good day fishing in not the most ideal conditions.
Fairly quick turn around for the KAY K IV as we went in Monday and will be back in the water Thursday. Sides are polished, new thru hull valves, trim tab work, a little paint on the boot stripe and we are good to go. Ready for the new season!
Last year when Joe came down with CP the last big bite we had was Joe's sailfish, today the first big bite was another sailfish for Joe. The wind was up again today and after catching the sail and a few kingfish we decided to go deep to see if we could catch some good eating fish. The wind made for a slow trip out and we even took a couple waves over the stern while we were dropping but that didn't stop these guys. CP was high hook on the silk snapper but Joe did well with the verms and of course had already caught the sail. Another good day with CP and we are looking forward to him coming back next month on the annual Jersey Boys Go South trip!